In this segment of BBNC’s Meet the Team Q&As, we get to learn more about Angela Peacock, the Program Manager for the BBNC Education Foundation.
Q: Where are you from?
I grew up in Bristol Bay, living in Twin Hills, Aleknagik, Togiak, Manokotak and Dillingham. I graduated in Eagle River at Chugiak High School.
Q: What do you do at BBNC?
I manage the Scholarship program for the Bristol Bay Native Corporation Education Foundation.
Q: Who inspires you?
Our Native people inspire me. I see Native people including some of my very own relatives and friends overcome so many obstacles and challenges in life and how beautifully strong they truly are. I have seen it firsthand, the folks in and from our region helping one another when someone is in need, work together to get something accomplished and our communities helping families in crisis. There are so many people who would give you the shirt off their back to help you, it’s a beautiful thing.
Q: What do you love about your job?
I love that I get to support and encourage our shareholders to pursue training and education opportunities. I have really enjoyed connecting with folks in the region and I am excited to see those friendly faces anytime I can make it out there or see folks here in Anchorage. Networking is part of my job and I am a people person, so this is one of my favorite parts of the work I will be doing. I really appreciate working with my co-workers, the work ethic they have motivates me to do even that much better.
Q: What do you like about being from Bristol Bay?
I don’t live there anymore, but I go home as often as I can. I am there in the summer months, commercial fishing and subsistence fishing with my family and close friends in Igushik Beach. My absolute favorite part about being there is feeling connected to my ancestors and close family who have passed on, knowing that they were here doing what I am doing. I am proud to say I enjoy cutting fish and smoking it in my late grandmother’s smoke house. I am lucky to still connect every summer with our people, fish, and Elders out there. It’s something I hope I can continue to do and share with my daughter Camryn and my husband Noyuk every year.
Q: What do you do for fun?
My husband Noyuk built us this wonderful cabin out in the valley a few years ago. It’s been a blessing to be able to leave the city life and connect to a slower-paced lifestyle of cabin living during the weekends. We enjoy boating, snow machining and an occasional kayak trip. We love to host people, so if you’re in the area, stop on by!
Q: What would we find in your workspace?
Right now you would find all kinds of paperwork. A lot gets accomplished in our work area and right now were in the middle of processing spring awards so a lot of phone tag and emails are going here and there!
Q: What do you typically read every morning?
I read my good morning text messages from my aunties and my snaps from my niece Cadence who lives in Dillingham.
Q: What’s the most recent book you’ve read or the best book you’ve ever read?
The best book I have ever read is called “Tuesday’s with Morrie” by Mitch Albom. I have read it once a year, it’s like my life guidelines, a reminder of how short life is. My favorite quote from that book is, “Devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.” It’s a good read; I would recommend it to anyone.